Meet the 21-22 Arts Journalists

Natalie Bono

Natalie Bono

Natalie graduated from Syracuse University as a double major in fine arts and communication sciences and disorders. She studied abroad in Strasbourg
and London and found her creative voice through writing about performance arts while abroad. Through her job as an English conversation partner, she learned the importance of clear communication and the power of relating to others through the arts. She hopes to continue spreading her love of the arts with diverse and disabled communities.

Madelyn Geyer

Madelyn Geyer

Madelyn, an aspiring journalist who has written for The Austin Chronicle and Austin Woman Magazine, served as a BroadwayWorld.com critic covering the Austin, Texas, theatre scene. She’s a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, earning a bachelors degree in film and media studies as well as a certificate in public and professional writing. Though the sound of an orchestra tuning up enthralls her, she admires all aspects of the arts and stands eager to explore them as a participant and a journalist.

Charlotte Hansen

Charlotte Hansen

Charlotte graduated from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, in 2019 with a bachelors degree in multimedia journalism, with a focus in arts and entertainment. A lifelong fan of movies and Broadway shows, she loves anything to do with Disney, having worked at Walt Disney World for a year while doing a communications internship. When Charlotte is not watching the newest Disney movie or listening to Broadway music, she is hanging out with her dogs, Belle and Dexter, in her home in Connecticut. 

Katie Hopsicker

Katie Hopsicker

Originally from Syracuse, Katie graduated with degrees in dance performance and English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Awarded a grant by the New York State Press Association, she has written professionally and interned for Spotlight News in Delmar, New York, and freelanced for the Dance Council of North Texas. She was chief copy editor and an arts contributor for SMU’s The Daily Campus, and strives to combine her passions for dance and writing. She is eager to enhance her knowledge of digital media and how it relates to art at Newhouse.

Katherine Keissling

Katherine Kiessling

Katherine is a graduate of Rowan University with dual degrees in dance and theatre arts with a concentration in education. Since graduating in 2016, she worked professionally throughout Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in all aspects of theater, including performance, choreography, dramaturgy and programming, with a particular fondness for her work as an educator. Leading with her passion for learning and arts education advocacy, Katherine aims to help audiences of all ages and backgrounds actively engage with theater and its artistic, cultural, political and historical significance.

Ellen Mintzer

Ellen Mintzer

Ellen graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in English and a concentration of courses in global gender studies. Since graduating, she has worked as a freelance writer and editor for Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine; she has also kept a personal blog entitled Ellevision, posting essays and articles about elements of popular culture such as film and television.Ellen has a lifelong passion for writing and an enduring fascination with contemporary culture, particularly literature, film, television and comedy, and she is excited to explore those passions through the Goldring program.

Riley Utley

Riley Utley

Riley graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelors degree in journalism with minors in communication studies and political science. While in school, she worked in the Spokane, Washington, community as an arts and culture intern and freelancer for The Inlander, where she discovered her love for and the importance of covering the performing arts. She served as the editor in chief of her student newspaper, The Gonzaga Bulletin, during her senior year while also freelancing for The Spokesman-Review. She hopes to be a journalist who covers important and unheard stories about passionate artists.

Gabriel Veiga

Gabriel Veiga

Gabriel is an IndieReader Approved Author, the host of The Very Creative Podcast and a co-director for Radio-Dodo, the first international radio for children in difficulty. He has always wanted to pursue a career in journalism in parallel with his artistic and creative journey. At Newhouse, he will be focusing on his love for film and TV. Gabriel’s favorite movies include North by Northwest, Singin’ in the Rain and Moulin Rouge; in terms of TV shows, he is a fan of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Vampire Diaries, The Good Doctor and Bates Motel.

Qinyuan Zhu (Tina)

Qinyuan Zhu (Tina)

Tina always told herself, “Explore your horizon and love this world,” which comes from the pigeon that lives in her body. And now, these words are placed on her left arm, close to the heart. She grew up in China and had a passion for math and physics in high school. Studying math and physics gives her logical thoughts while sensing the core heart of artwork and writing articles. As the Chinese poet Yu Guangzhong said, “Poem is not a rational subject, but when it comes about the completeness of art, we need rationality to manufacture the poem.”